Gem City Forum Toastmasters meets Tuesday evenings, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Drake Education Center, at 210 Phillips Street in Franklin. If you have a fear of public speaking, then you are invited to attend Gem City Forum Toastmaster meetings. Contact Debbie Jowers at (828)421-6855 or visit www.toastmasters.org and/or www.GemCityForum.org for more information.
A Mahjongg Group Plays at Macon County Senior Services on Tuesdays at 12:30 until 3:30 p.m. Anyone interested in playing or learning is welcome. 108 Wayah Street (next to the Chamber of Commerce). For more information, call (828)349-2058.
Gem and Mineral Society of Franklin will meet on Thursday, Nov. 20, 6:30 p.m. at the Macon County Community Facilities Building on 441S. The program will be a presentation and discussion on gold by Kim Cochran. Guests are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served.
SCC’s Public Safety Training Center in conjunction with Franklin Fire Department and other local Fire Departments will be conducting a training exercise at 11 First Street on Thursday, Nov. 20, between the hours of 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. This exercise will allow local fire departments an opportunity to train in realistic firefighting scenarios. This exercise will culminate in the demolition of a structure by fire. During this training evolution flames and smoke will be visible and at times prevalent in the area of Downtown Franklin, around East Franklin School and the Highlands Road. Also fire apparatus and other emergency service vehicles will be utilizing these roads as part of the training drill so minor traffic delays are possible.
Explorer's Club at the Jackson County Public Library will be Thursday, Nov. 20, at 6 p.m., in the Storytime Room. The topic will be the country of Togo, with special guest Benjamin Bogardus who lived in Togo for several years while he was with the Peace Corps. Explorer's Club is for all ages, with a special emphasis on cultural learning for children. Families are encouraged to come and join in. Each Explorer's Club will feature special guests, snacks, and crafts that all are pertinent to the theme. This program is free of charge and no sign-up is required. For more information, call the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva at (828)586-2016.
High Mountain Squares will host their "Thanksgiving Dance", on Friday, Nov. 21, at the Macon County Community Building, Georgia Road, 441S, Franklin, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Richard Smith from Gainsville, Ga., will be the caller. Western-style square dancing, main/stream and plus levels. New dancers lessons will begin in January. Everyone is welcome to attend. For information call (828)371-4946, (828)342-1560, (828)332-0001 or www.highmountainsquare.com
American Legion Post 108 Thanksgiving Dance will be held on Saturday, Nov. 22, 8 p.m., 614 W. Main St. Music will be provided by Johnny Webb and the JW Band.
Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner at First Presbyterian Church onThursday, Nov. 27, noon to 2 p.m. Meals are available at no charge for dining in and for take-out. Limited home delivery of take-out or pick-up for dining in are also available. To learn more including how to volunteer, call the church office at (828)524-3119.
Macon County Public Library will be closed Nov. 27 and 28 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Please visit the Friends of the Library bookstore at 121 Highlands Road in Franklin on Friday, Nov. 28.
Macon County Landfill and Highlands Transfer Station and all convenience centers will be closed on Nov. 27, for Thanksgiving.
Al-Anon Meetings are held on Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. in the Meeting Room of the Macon County Public Library. For more information about Al-Anon Family Groups, visit al-anon.org, or for information about the local meeting, call (828)524-0166.
Grief Support Groups Meet in Highlands on Thursdays 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Jane Woodruff Building 1st floor, on the Highlands-Cashiers Hospital campus, 171 Hospital Drive Highlands. The Sylva group meets on Tuesdays 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Jackson County Dept of Aging,100 County Services Park, Sylva. The programs are free and open to the community.
Free P.O.P.S. Weight Loss Support Group meets the second Tuesday of every month, 6:30 p.m., on the third floor at Angel Hospital. The group is for men and women that have had or thinking about having bariatric surgery or seeking to lose weight and maintain weight loss. Speakers are scheduled on a regular basis who offer informative topics for all people interested in weight loss. They discuss ideas, share questions, comments and concerns as a group. For info, (828)399-1818.